David McGill of Braid raised an early morning cheer for the Edinburgh support as the world stage legend of the 1970s stormed to a 21-6 win in 15 ends over Seniors Singles opponent Sandy Horn of Mount Vernon in the opening days play in the Bowls Scotland national championships at Ayr Northfield.Read More
And the Edinburgh challenge remains double fisted with the talented Brian Higgins of Maitland emerging the 21-19 winner of a melting pot climax from 12-18 down against Billy Anderson of Coylton. East Lothians Bill Dunleavey experienced a nail biting route into the second round with the Aberlady star fighting back from 11-0 down to peels at 14-14 then escaping from jail at 20-19 down to hit 21 with a 1, 1 finish against John Breen of Greenfaulds.
Midlothian challenger Dougie Taylor of West Linton got off to a flyer to lead 13-2 then made comfortable 21-12 progress at the expense of Stuart McLean (Old Kilpatrick) but a later session brought a disappointing 21-13 exit for Richard Mark of Uphall Station.
Play in the gents junior singles saw Liam McKay of Tanfield in good form to beat Peter Kirk of Alloa East End, 21-8 and Stephen Pringle of Carrick Knowe made it an Edinburgh double with a 21-11 win over Jack Porteous of West Kilbride.
Paul Innes of Polton slipped from 16-15 to a 21-19 defeat from Stephen Lowrie of Anchor while Darren Pearce (Kirkliston) went down 21-4 to highly rated John Fleming of Port Glasgow.
East Lothian sub Keiran Dodds for Hibs signing Shaun Mackie produced a 2, 1 finish to beat Jordan Baptie of Glencares, 21-19.
The defeat of defending champion Angela Uttley of Glenmavis (Bathgate) in the Seniors Singles was a first day shock for West Lothian with the four times champion of The Edinburgh Open leading 20-14 but piped at the post in a 21-20 thriller by Audrey Cameron of Kelvindale.
Mixed fortune for Edinburgh saw Betty Eaton of Beechwood receive a walkover but Helen Spence of Brunstane make a 21-16 exit to 2013 champion Isobel Laing of Elgin. Janet Fairnie of East Lothian and Castlepark scored a fine 21-6 win over Janice Grant of Kirkintilloch however Margaret Gowrie of Dalkeith lost 21-16 to Liz Rennie of Balhousie.
Hillside carried the Edinburgh banner forward in the Mixed Pairs with Violet Winton and Colin Bell including a super six in their 18-14 win over Highland (Inverness) however 2014 champions Mary Price and John McDermott of Sighthill were crushed 18-6 by Bainsford.
Bainfield (22-6) and Newcraighall (17-6) progressed in the Gents Seniors fours also Dunbar (17-50, Kinneil (16-15), Polton (19-8), and Helen Girdler of Balerno (13-10) in the ladies Seniors Fours.